A council of elders directed village life and organized events.Most villages had a cemetery, gaming field, a sweat house and a place for ceremonies.Other companies that followed included Westinghouse Astroelectronics Laboratory, Semtech Corporation, Purolator Inc., and Westland Plastics.Thousand Oaks Boulevard was featured in the "Walls of Jericho"-scenes in the Oscar-winning film It Happened One Night (1934).It is in the northwestern part of the Greater Los Angeles Area, approximately 35 miles (56 km) from Downtown Los Angeles and is less than 15 mi (24 km) from the Los Angeles city neighborhood of Woodland Hills.It was named after the many oak trees that grow in the area, and the city seal is adorned with an oak.The city forms the central populated core of the Conejo Valley.
Many place names are named after Norwegian immigrants such as the Olsen- and Pedersen families, the first Norwegians came from the village of Stranda by Storfjorden.
Conejo Valley was given the name El Rancho Conejo in 1803, this year Jose Polanco and Ignacio Rodriguez were granted El Rancho Conejo by Governor José Joaquín de Arrillaga of Alta California. El Conejo was just one of two land grants in what became Ventura County, the other being Rancho Simi.
As a result of the Mexican War of Independence in 1822, Alta California became a Mexican territory; in 1822, Captain José de la Guerra y Noriega filed Conejo Valley as part of the Mexican land grant. The valley was now known as Rancho El Conejo, Two men owned most of Conejo Valley in the 1870s: John Edwards, who came from Wales in 1849, and Howard Mills, who came from Minnesota in 1870.
Ole Anderson bought 199 acres here, while Lars Pederson owned 111 acres.
Other Norwegian pioneers also included Ole Nilsen, George Hansen and Nils Olsen.
Besides agriculture, the movie industry became an important industry in the 1920s and 1930s.